This morning I was listening to a local sports announcer on ABC talk radio mentioning that the newer rules which govern the NBA not allowing an 18 year old to go pro was fair and made common sense. But he said it's perfectly fine for the current rule for 19 year olds to go pro. One year, as if that's going to make a difference, right? Somehow, according to this "expert" and the talk show host interviewing him, it would keep African-Americans in college for at least a year before they became professional basketball players. What? First of all how many 18 year olds of any race have what it takes to be one of the best basketball players in the world and go pro? And if somebody is that good, like Kobe Bryant was, then why bar a person that talented from joining right after high school? When Kobe went pro at 18, it's not as if he suffered on the court and he certainly did well financially. Also, if the rule stands at 19 years old, how can just one year of college help anybody, of any race, if they have the goods to be one of the best in pro basketball? Would one year of college improve your ability to dunk, pass, or hit 3-pointers? And should the music industry, the film industry, the modeling industry also have rules saying a person has to be 19 to get signed? Why should a professional basketball player need to have one year of college any more than a musician, actor, or model? This 19 year old, or older rule for the NBA is stupid and makes absolutely no sense. Arguments for the 19 year old rule say that signing somebody at 18 (legal adult mind you) will make that person be at risk for the child actor syndrome of falling into drugs and being lost in adulthood like Gary Coleman, Danny Bonaduce, or Dana Plato. Thoughts?